Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 09:09
St. Catharines is filled with cultural capital.
The Niagara Cultural Capital of Canada program has St. Catharines within its scope. Niagara Region Culture Plan Implementation Coordinators, Terri Donia and Marian Bannerman, spoke to St. Catharines City Council at Brock University on Aug. 27 where they detailed the premise of the program and the benefits for St. Catharines.
“We want to acknowledge that St. Catharines will benefit from this program in particular, and is qualified for this program,” said Donia. “There are far more cultural organizations, cultural workers, facilities and all sorts of things in this community that will be put to the standing.”
Donia went on to say that St. Catharines has many cultural events coming up including Art City taking place on Sept. 15. Niagara Nights of Art (NNA) Art City is the St. Catharines edition of NNA. Art City will be held in downtown St. Catharines and will feature emerging and established artists who are living and/or working in the area.
“[Art City] is a terrific installment in our Niagara Nights of Art program,” said Donia. “[The organizers] have absolutely taken this program and created far more partnerships between the community in terms of business, cultural roots and all sorts of organizations.”
Another event happening is Water Under The Bridge, which is a new play currently being developed. It is a story about two characters, Sara and Waneek, who live on opposite sides of a river spanned by a bridge in the year 1812. They are best friends despite being from very different cultures. It is a story about friendship despite differences during war.
“This play will be hosted at Rodman Hall, and will feature traditional aboriginal art,” Donia said.
Niagara Cultural Capital of Canada was an initiative started by the federal government to help provide new opportunities for residents and visitors to experience Niagara’s cultural attractions and assets. It was implemented to improve access for children and youth into cultural activities through school and after-school programs and to increase awareness and educate youth on the history of Niagara.
Furthermore, it was established to promote the identity and creativity among provincial, national and international audiences and create a legacy that, in conjunction with Niagara’s comprehensive Niagara Culture Plan, support the region’s creative workers and cultural industries.
“We want to acknowledge that this program is made possible in large part with the help of the Niagara Culture Plan,” Donia said. “We wanted to point out that this plan that was passed by the Niagara Regional Council back in 2010 is absolutely a bedrock importance to obtaining the unprecedented investment through the Cultural Capital.”
Bannerman said the importance of Niagara Cultural Capital of Canada is the $2.3 million the federal government grants to help fund cultural programming.
To learn more about the Niagara Cultural Capital of Canada program and for further information on future events, visit niagaraculture2012.ca.